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watchdog agency. what about the woman what even thought would get that job? elizabeth warren will be joining us in her first interview since the announcement. >> in 2012 race rick perry says he hears the call. when is the texas governor going to answer it. >> scotland yard is the latest casualty many the uk hacking scandal. the country's two top police officials now quick. rebeckka brooks is outon bail and along with rupert murdoch they've all been called to testify tomorrow in parliament. and -- >> what are you doing here? >> thought i'd try out my sea legs. >> you ain't got no legs, lieutenant dan. >> you know him best as lieutenant dan from "forest gump." but the story doesn't stop there for gary sinise. how the role of a lifetime has inspired him to help our men and women in uniform. good day i'm andrea mitchell
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live in washington. can washington -- can wishing rather for a balanced budget make it happen? the house is voting tomorrow to cap spending and approve a balanced budget amendment. even though senate leaders say there is no chance of it passing. is this just a chance to let off some tea party steam? we me now georgia republican congressman john price member of the budget committee as well. congressman, great to see you. >> thank you so much. >> let's talk about this cap and the balanced budget amendment as well. what is the point, time is short. everyone agree it's not going to end up passing the senate or in any way getting to the president's desk for signature. so what is the strategy here? >> well, you never know what's ultimately going to pass. i was struck by david's comments. we put on the table a budget
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that gets us to balance. we're putting on the table short-term, midterm and long-term solutions to include decrease in spending in the short-term, a cap on spend manager the midterm and a balanced budget amendment in the long-term. those are the things that i believe -- we believe the american people want and need in order to get this economy going again and creating jobs which is truly what it's all about. >> one of the arguments against the cap many the balanced budget amendment is it doesn't explain or describe how to get there. you cap the spending, but there are certain mandated costs that have to be paid. you don't explain what the tradeoffs are going to be. >> that's better than an administration that doesn't explain anything. frankly this is kind of modelled after the graham-ruddman proposal of the mid to late '90s. it's an effort to try to decrease spending at the federal level control the amount of spending at the federal level. you can't identify splul everything that ought to be decreased or held in check at this point in time. but that's what the committees are for. that's what the departments are for. to work through this again so
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that we control the amount of spending, put a lid on the amount of spending so that we don't spend more than we take in here at the federal government and get that economy rolling make sure that we create those jobs that haven't been created by this administration. >> although, congressman with graham-ruddman there were specifics in there where if something was passed there had to be an offset. you can't approve more spending. now we're at a situation where you've got trillions and trillions of dollars that have to be dealt with and you can't begin to even bring things into balance without some specifics. let me ask you again about the mcconnell-reid plan. let's say just hypothetically let's say that the balanced budget amendment does not pass as people expect doesn't get through the senate. would you then consider backing the fall back plan? >> i think not. again, we'll have to take a look at it and see if it does come over from the senate this is just kicking the can down the road. it's what the american people are so angry about. washington not accomplishing and
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meeting the challenges that we face. it doesn't make any sense for me to have the legislation branch cede to the congress authority to override that. the same complaints we have heard on the balanced budget amendment with the 2/3 vote come into play on the converse with the mcconnell-reid program that would be in place that is that congress would never be able to keep the president from raising the debt ceiling even if we had a better idea. so, look, the american people want us to address these remarkable challenges. president obama came into office unemployment was 7.8%. now it's 9.2% and shows no sign of diminishing. what we need to do is something different. that is what the american people do day in and day out and that is not spend more than they take in. that's what government needs to do to get this economy rolling and create those jobs. >> there is a new cbs poll which shows that 71% of the american people disapprove of the way the
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republicans are handling the debt negotiations. and you've got far more people approving of the president than of approving of what the republicans are doing. >> i guess the take home message for the president would then be be as nebulous as you can be and lack the specify tisity that you and the american people do desire. when you do put specifics on the table as we have done in our budget, people say, no, there's a better way to do that. that's what this is all about. let's have the debate, the discussion and have the vote and move forward in a positive way again to create jobs across this great country. >> developing now we have senator leader rad saying the senate is going to stay into session every day until this is dealt with. we now know that the speaker did meet with the president. there was another meeting at the white house sunday afternoon that had not previously been announced. is the house prepared to stay in session every day as the senate is? >> absolutely. look, this is the most important issue confronting the country
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right now. we are committed to solving this. to solving it in a positive way. we hope it's a very bipartisan way. we haven't been engaged by the other said in a way that makes it terribly productive to this point. yes, we're committed to solving it and making certain again that we can get this economy growing, get this economy rolling in creating jobs. >> i want to ask you about something. this is the anniversary of dodd-frank. we're talking about legislation that was supposed to at least make sure that we don't have another financial meltdown whether it's working the way it's supposed to work or will work the way it's supposed to work. one of the thins the house appropriations committee has done is cut the scc's budget for the money that was to implement the new requirement on the scc to reregulate. what's the point there? it's not going to cut any money out of the deficit? >> the point there is we don't believe that dodd-frank is encouraging of a vibrant economy. we think when it was passed actually stifles and decreases the ability of the economy to
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work. it increases the oppressiveness oof of the federal government as the federal government tells private businesses what they must do. it decreases the flexibility of the regulatory agencies themselves. that's not to say that they did their jobs last time because they didn't. we believe that dodd-frank is not helpful to the economy and therefore will only decrease job creation when in fact we need to increase job creation and that's what all of our proposals are about. >> you're basically handcuffing the scc? >> not at all. what our proposal did at the time hr-3310 allowed the scc to work with the cftc and other organizations to make sure that there were appropriate regulations in place. what it's not that there aren't enough regulators is that they didn't do their job last time. the dodd-frank proposal limits the ability of business to move and get this economy rolling again. instead of charging the regulators with the appropriate responsibility, but not handcuffing businesses at the
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same time. >> okay. congressman tom price who says the house is going to stay in session. looks like a long weekend and late nights as well for the house as well as the senate until this does get resolved. thank you very much. >> thanks, andrea. >> developing right now you're watching live pictures from the rose garden where president obama is about to announce that former ohio attorney general richard cordray not elizabeth warren will be heading the new consumer protection bureau. that agency was formed many the wake of the financial meltdown and was warren's brain child. she has been overseeing the creation. her possibly nomination was blocked by staunch republican opposition in the senate. elizabeth warren will be our guest. we'll bring it back to you live when it happens. there is also talk about her running for the senate against scott brown in massachusetts. more on that as well. up next, senator diane feinstein, the debt ceiling snowdown. the handover in afghanistan today. and more trouble with pakistan.
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you're watching live pictures of the rose garden. the president's about to come out and announce the new head of his consumer protection agency, but first joining me now from the senate california democrat diane feinstein chair of the senate intelligence committee. as we wait for the president to come out, he's back in the oval office. you can see elizabeth warren through the glass there. but he'll be coming out to announce the new consumer protection agency. where do you stand -- oh, here comes the president.
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senator -- the frustration of live television. i wanted to ask you about the budget battle and the showdown over the debt ceiling. can we come back to you in just a moment, i hope? >> you certainly can. >> let's listen to the president make his announcement. >> it's been almost three years since the financial crisis pulled the economy into a deep recession. and millions of families are still hurting because of it. and trying to get by on one income instead of two, on fewer shifts at the plant or at the hospital. they're cutting expenses. and giving up on a family night out so there's money for groceries. and for a lot of families things were tough even before the recession. so we've got to get the economy growing faster and make sure the small businesses can hire again so that an entrepreneur out there can sell a new product so that the middle class is getting stronger again and so folks feel confident in their futures and their children's futures. that's why we can't let politics
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stand many the way of doing the right thing in washington. we can't stand many the way when it comes to doing the right thing on deficits. that's why i want to take steps like making sure payroll taxes for middle class families don't go back up next year. that's why it's so important that we tackle the problems that led us into this recession in the first place. one of the biggest problems was that the tables were tilted against ordinary people in the financial system. when you get a home loan, it came with pages of fine print. when you got a credit card, it was as if the contract was written in another language. these kinds of things opened the door to unscrupulous practices. loans with hidden fees and terms that meant your rate could double overnight. it led to people getting mortgages they can't afford. and it put honest businesses at a disadvantage. and it encouraged dangerously risky behavior on wall street which dragged the economy into
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the mess that we're still trying to clean up. that's why we passed financial reform a year ago. it was a common sense law that did three things. first, it made taxpayer funded bailouts illegal. so tax payers don't have to foot the bill if a big bank goes under. second, it said to wall street firms, you can't take the same kind of reckless risks that led to the crisis. and third, it put in place the stronger -- the strongest consumer protections in history. and make sure that these protections work so ordinary people were dealt with fairly so they could make informed decisions about their finances. we didn't just change the law. we changed the way the government did business. for years the job of protecting consumers was divided up in a lot of different agencies. so if you had a problem with the mortgage lender you called one place. if you had a problem with a
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credit card company, you called somebody else. it meant there were a lot of people who were, but that meant nobody was responsible. and we changed that. we cut the bureaucracy and put one consumer watchdog in charge with just one job. looking out for regular people in the financial system. this is an idea that i got from elizabeth warren who i first met years ago. back then this was long before the financial crisis. elizabeth was sounding the alarm on predatory lending in the financial pressures on mid class families. in the years since she's become perhaps the leading voice in our country on behalf of consumers. and let's face it, she's done it while facing some very tough opposition and drawing a fair amount of heat. fortunately she's very tough. that's why i asked elizabeth warren to set up this new bureau. over the past year she has done an extraordinary job. already the agency is starting to do a whole bunch of things
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that are going to be important for consumers. making sure loan contracts and credit card terms are simpler and written in plain english. already, thanks to the leadership of the bureau, we're seeing men and women in uniform who are getting more protections against fraud and deception. when it comes to financial practices. and as part of her charge i asked elizabeth to find the best possible choice for director of the bureau. that's what we found in richard cordray. richard was one of the first people that elizabeth recruited. he's helped stand up the bureau's ento forcement division over the past six months. i should also point out that he took this job which meant being away from his wife and 12-year-old twins back in ohio because he believed so deeply many the mission of the bureau. prior to this as ohio's attorney general rich helped recover billions of dollars in things
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like pension funds on behalf of retirees. and stepped up the state eats efforts against unscrupulous lending practices. he's also served as ohio's treasurer and successfully worked with people across the idealogical spectrum, democrats and republicans, banks and consumer advocates. now last but not least, back in the '80s. richard was a five time "jeopardy" champion and a semifinalist in the tournament of champions, not too shaby. that's why all his confirmati confirmation,that's why all his answers at his confirmation hearing will be in the form of a question. that's a joke. so, i am proud to nominate richard cordray to this post. we've been recently reminded why this job is going to be so important. there is an army of lobbyists and lawyers right now working to water down the protections and are reforms that we pass.
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they've already spent tens of millions of dollars this year to try to weaken the laws that are designed to protect consumers. and they've got allies in congress who are trying to undo the progress that we've made. we're not going to let that happen. the fact is the financial crisis and the recession were not the result of normal economic cycles or just a run of bad luck. they were abuses. and there was a lack of smart regulations. so we're not just going to shrug our shoulders and hope it doesn't happen again. we're not going to go back to the status quo where consumers couldn't count on getting productions they deserve. we're not going to go back to a time when our whole economy was vulnerable to a massive financial crisis. that's why reform matters. that's why this bureau matters. i will fight any efforts to repeal or undermine the important chance changes that we passed. we are going to make sure we're doing the right thing for middle
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class families all across the countries. middle class families and seniors don't have blue chip lawyers from law firms. they can't afford to hire a lobbyist to look out for their interest. but they deserve to be treated honestly. they deserve a basic measure of protection against abuse. they shouldn't have to be a corporate lawyer in order to be able to read something they're signing to take out a mortgage or to get a credit card. they ought to be free to make informed decisions to buy a home or open a credit card or take out a student loan. and they should have confidence that they're not being swindled. that's what this consumer bureau will achieve. i look forward to working with richard cordray as this bureau stands up on behalf of consumers all across the country. i want to thank both elizabeth and tim geithner for the extraordinary work that they've done over at treasury to make sure that a year after we pass this law it is already having an impact and is going to have impact for years to come.
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thank you very much and congratulations, richard. >> president, any progress in your talks with speaker boehner yesterday? any progress? >> with that the president said we're making progress in response to a question i think from chuck todd as any talks with speaker waner. we know now that they did meet on sunday as he announces mr. cordray. we're going to talk with elizabeth warren shortly. i thank you so much for staying there on capitol hill. let's talk about the budget showdown and the balanced budget amendment cap and proposed the budget balanced amendment on the house side. we understand that that's not going to have any traction on the senate side. but what do you have to say about the way these negotiations
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have proceeded and the stalemate that we've been watching that americans have been watching for this many weeks. >> i hope for all american it's straightened out that this isn't more expenditure. this isn't increasing taxes. the debt limit raise is simply to allow the united states of america to pay its existing bills. and as such, not to raise the debt limit is really to catapult us off a cliff which professionals have called calamitous. the reason they call it calamitous is because we for the first time in our history default on our debt. and we default in a way that has ramifications for the entire financial picture. and could throw this country into a major recession again. i don't say this easily. so i find this whole discussion irresponsible. we really should just do what we're supposed to do which is
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raise the debt and then set about straightening it out. now in terms of the way forward, i see the reid-mcconnell bill as the only practical way forward. it does what needs to be done. it sets the limits. it provides an opportunity for this commission of 12 senators and the house members to come forward in a short period of time in a process which means it can't be aepded. it can't be filibustered with specific recommendations on the first of three increments of raising the debt. i think it makes -- it makes very good sense. and i hope that it will see the light of day. >> you know, the president did say that he would not accept any kind of short-term solution and didn't want to kick this down the road. in a a way, reid-mcconnell is exactly doing that, kicking it down the road for the future
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with no real teeth in terms of what is going to actually follow. >> well, i happen to disagree with the president on that. i think if you take a $4 trillion cut right now it's a huge delayed discussion that doesn't get the job done by the second of august. it has the potential of having things in it which could explode later on. so i very much favor what the reid-mcconnell bill is attempting to do and i think it's the thing that makes the best sense. it raises the debt limit. it allows us to pay our bills. it moves away from calamity. and it has a rational process set forward within the next year or so for three increments of cuts that will move forward and i think that is the first cut $700 billion. the second cut i think $900 billion and the third cut i think $900 billion.
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it's a -- it's a rational process. it gives the bodies time to really look at what's being done and analyze it. >> senator, i want to ask you as the intelligence chair whether you've heard anything more from india as their investigators look into what happened with the explosions with the suicide attacks last week. secretary clinton has just arrived today in india as part of her world tour. i'm wondering if you know yet whether or not this came from pakistan. was locally inspired or whether there was any information from our own investigation into this? >> not at this time. i don't have any information that indicates with any kind of specificity where this attack came from. >> what about pakistan the state department has called the ambassador from pakistan in for more meetings today. as we continue to discuss the fact that the administration is holding up $800 million of more than $2 billion that had been
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approved under legislation. what about the crisis in our relationship with pakistan coming after the bin laden assassination, the killing of bin laden and what we now know has been pakistan's failure to cooperate? >> well, that's right. and the relationship is at a crisis. i think both sides do want to deescalate the crisis. however, those tests that were set up to show that pakistan intelligence service and the american intelligence service could work together have failed. in other words, specific targets were put out on four occasions. and the pakistanis essentially went before and all these target areas were emptied out before the military, the pakistani military and others got to them. so this was really a crisis of confidence. and i think if you add that to
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the fact that osama bin laden could build with permits and the permits i understand, the records have all disappeared the largest compound in this area and live there for five years and theoretically no one knew. i don't believe that. that no one knew. is a real breach in i think confidence between the two nations in their ability to work together and respect and trust one another. >> senator diane feinstein. again thanks for your patience with us as we carried thanom nation from the president in the rose garden and good to see you. >> good to see you. thanks, andrea. up next direct from the rose garden elizabeth warren charting a new course. not at the consumer agency she helped create. is there politics in her future? she joins us live. plus the dominos keep falling in the hacking scandal from the uk. scotland yard loses another of its leaders today. and rupert murdoch prepares to
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it is a heat wave. hot, dry, dangerous conditions from the midwest to the east coast, sizzling temperatures. high humidity, set to come close to or surpass the 100 degree mark. forecasters are advising people in more than a doz states to take extra precautions this week. the "atlantis" astronauts are preparing to say farewell to the international space station. the shuttle is packed with tons of feed and supplies and will return with bundles of trash and discarded equipment from the station. "atlantis" is scheduled to undock from the space station early tomorrow and is aiming for a thursday landing back in the u.s. back in the world. returning and ending nasa's 30-year shuttle era. . it's official elizabeth warren will not be heading up the new
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consumer financial protection bureau that she has helped build from the ground up. elizabeth warren joins me from the white house. thanks so much for joining us. richard cordray is the nominee. are you at all disappointed you're not going to be heading what was your baby? >> oh, let's be clear here. i had a chance to see this thing come to life. and richard cordray is one of the first people i recruited to be a part of the team to stand it up. he's tough. he's smart. it's exactly what we need. it's a new chapter for the consumer agency. i couldn't be more proud. >> you clashed repeatedly with republicans and they're now threatening to really change the whole nature of this agency before it gets off the ground. so do you have concerns about how it's going to be able to actually come to life and proceed given all the political opposition in the senate? >> you know, i just actually want to be clear about this, we had this argument for a year and it ended a year ago.
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and the majority said we're going to have a financial reform bill and it's going to have a really strong consumer agency in it. that was it. that's majority there was a vote on that. the republicans didn't cliek it. they opposed it. and now what they think is they get a second bite at the apple. they're still not the majority. but they have the ability, they think to stick a stick in the spokes over letting the agency get going forward. they're saying in effect if we don't get a chance to cripple this agency before it helps one single family then we're just going to stop it from acting altogether. i have to say, i think that's pretty astonishing. >> it's astonishing, but it's also the way the senate works. isn't it the fact that the senate by has the ability for one person even to hold up a nomination or to hold up action on anything. that is the the way of washington these days. how do you fight that? >> well, i just want to say this
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agency is not partisan. families across the country who can't read their credit cards because they think that the terms are written in some other language, families across the country who get ready to try to sign up for a mortgage and they have a sign a stack of documents like this, that's not a republican versus democrat issue. that's a real issue about whether or not we should have a set of rules that work for regular middle class families. that's all this agency is about. last year when we got this agency through, it was not because there were plenty of lobbying dollars behind it. we got it through because we got out there at the grassroots level and just fought for it. and frankly we have a president who fought for it who wouldn't compromise. he said nothing goes forward without a strong consumer agency. that's how we got here and we plan to hang on to it.
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that's just how i see things. real politics is sure about republicans and democrats in the senate, but it's also about what the american people are going to demand. >> has this whole experience made you angry enough with the way the senate works perhaps, to want to run yourself for the senate? there's a lot of talk that you're being recruited to run in massachusetts and that democrats in massachusetts would really like to have you run against skroth brown? >> i really have to say, i've been working 14 hours a day on trying to stand this consumer agency up really for more than a year now. and it's been wonderful work, but it has been all absorbing work. i am so looking forward, i'm going to take a step away from this. i'm going to take my little grandchildren and my great nieces and nephews and we're all headed to legoland. it's time for vacation. >> legoland sounds like a great respite from washingtonland. >> yes, ma'am. >> you're not ruling out a race for the senate because massachusetts beckons.
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>> massachusetts does beckon in the sense that it's my home and i need to go home. and when i go home, i'll do more thinking then. but i need to do that thinking not from washington. i need to go home. >> well, we know you must be exhausted. if you do run presumably you are up to speed on the red sox nation and all the other things that really trapped the last democrat to run against scott brown. >> i think it's important to stay up with all the teams all the time. my husband makes sure. he's the one who's 13 generations in massachusetts and believe me, he keeps one the red sox and every other team in boston. >> thank you so much. elizabeth warren. well deserved rest and thank you for joining us today. >> thank you. and turning overseas, the phone hacking scandal has no rest surrounding rupert murdoch's media empire.
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it's reaching tall way to downing street and scotland yard. prime minister david cameron is cutting short a trip today to south africa trying to can tin the damage he's rushing home. the head of scotland yard resigned yesterday morning. now his number two, the top deputy is out today. the force is under fire for not properly investigating the allegations years ago. rupert murdoch is supposed to face the scandal head on tomorrow during a committee hearing in parliament. his former top executive brooks got out on bail today after her weekend arrest and has also been called to testify. we're live in london. so much is happening. it's hard to keep up. you're the one on top of this. where does it go with the prime minister heading back to town today? >> you're right, there are so many moving parts. right now cameron heads back. he's come under criticism for his connections to news of the world. his former spokesman andy
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coulson was a former editor of "news of the world." he has been arrested in this scandal. there's three former editors that have been arrested. brooks who you mentioned. where it goes from here, all eyes will be trained on parliament tomorrow where rue purt murdoch, his son james and rebeckka brooks will be answering tough questions. on the top of their list how high up in the organization did knowledge of the phone hacking go? rebeckka brooks has already said repeatedly that she had no knowledge of the phone hacking until now. and that she regrets the phone hacking. she's apologized for it several times. so has rupert murdoch himself in a full page advertisement in british newspapers this weekend. but everyone will be watching to see how they answer these questions. >> thank you so much. what are the legal implications both in london and here at home. joining us now on the phone john
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burns london bureau chief of "the new york times." john, thanks for joining us. what are the implications for david cameron? would the prime minister and his party be at risk in all this? >> it's quite interesting if you listen very carefully to what the labor party is saying it sound as though they want to embarrass him. they want to force him into all kind of apologies, but they are not keen to have him resign. that's the way i read it because the pollings do not indicate at this point that the labor party would necessarily win a new election and they are basically they are resetting themselves after their defeat last year. my guess is that david cameron will weather this, but he will have been seriously damaged. >> how damaged is scotland yard? we all as people in the uk have
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huge interest in legendary respect for scotland yard. and you've got the olympics coming up, counterterror invests done jointly with scotland yard. now they've lost their number one sir paul stevenson and also the number two has resigned today. >> yes, i don't think that scotland yard in its history has suffered reputational damage quite to compare with what we've seen in the past two weeks. i think that's come as quite a shock to people in the uk. of course, we knew that there are as we say in england bent coppers. i think that the sense that people have of this gross incompetence as well as some kind ofvilleny on the part of scotland yard. of course we don't know how many. we don't know how deep. there's some, we're sure that some of them were bribed by the
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murdoch newspapers here. i think this is a shock to the system here. it will take some time to absorb that. >> briefly, when the foreign corrupt practices act is involved and you've got the murdoch empire headquartered in the states, is there any possibility with these bribes have been been allegedly paid that there could be legal implications here as the fbi is now investigating? >> well, i'd have to have american legal qualifications to answer that. but it's certainly true that more of the business in the murdoch empire is done in the united states than it is here. and some of this is going to cross the atlantic ocean. how serious that will be is difficult for me to say. >> john burns from "the new york times." thank you so much for joining us today. up next, actor gary sinise otherwise known as lieutenant dan answering a call to duty for america's veterans. america's veterans. he joins us next to do with thi? i don't know. the usual? [ blower whirring ] mitchell reports".
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i'm tamron hall, coming up on news nation, hermann cain is under fire for his answer to this question -- >> you're saying any community if they want to ban a mosque. >> yes, they have the light to do that. >> while cain is not the front runner he's had a lot of support tn the campaign trail is this his strategy for upstaging congresswoman michele bachmann. too good to be true, sears mistakingly marked the price of the new ipad 2 for $69. it usually starts at $500. hundreds of people bought it at the $69 price. now sears is cancelling all of those orders. should sears honor the price it advertised? new concerns today about the link between brain injuries and dementia. a government led study of nearly 300 thousand american veterans and football players find that
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those who had suffered mild brain injuries, even concussions were twice as likely to develop dementias later in life. our military men and women have found an advocate in actor gary sinise. better known to some of the troops as lieutenant dan. after playing that compelling role in "forest gump", sinise took that name and ran with it. bringing music to men and women in uniform and critical support to their families here at home. >> every place we went, everyone recognized gary. but they didn't know who he was. all they know is it's lieutenant dan. they didn't know it was gary sinise. >> if i had a nickel for every time somebody's called me that this week, you can retire and just do uso shows. >> joining us now is actor gary sinise whose documentary lieutenant dan ban for the common good is raising fund to support the military and their
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families. thanks so much for joining us. let's talk about how you got involved in this. you had this compelling role in "forest gump." it really connected you with the troops. how does how did it happen? >> well, it's just one part of it. i have, you know, i've been involved with veterans groups for many, many years prior to forest gump. then i played lieutenant dan and i played a disabled vietnam veteran and got involved with the dav, the disabled american veterans and then, you know, have great respect for our veterans and when we were attacked on 9/11 started deploying our troops overseas i volunteered. and just jumped in and, you know, the lieutenant dan character seemed to resonate with the troops wherever i went. so i just -- you know, i just ran with that when i started taking my band with me overseas to perform for them. i've been all over the world doing what i can. if they want to call me lieutenant dan, that's fine.
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i just thought we'd have a little bit of fun with it and name the band after the character. if they didn't know who gary sinise was and they saw a poster that said lieutenant dan band was they might put two and two together and come and see us. >> i wanted to play a little bit of the movie clip, the movie that people can get online and i believe that one out of every four goes to the foundation. let's watch the clip. >> full on u skrks o show doesn't come to a base like this normally. this was a special treat for them and us a as well. >> awesome to be away from the barracks and free for a minute. >> free to be out here is like an awesome break. we stand like that for hours on end it seems like. it's kind of nice to get some real music. >> it shows somebody wants to believe in us when we're getting tortured and torpted to train to go to iraq. >> just watching the way the troops respond to you and having
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the documentary and having the sort of the connection that you have with our troops and what you've done over the years has been so meaningful. what have you gotten out of it? >> oh, far more than i give, i think. just showing up and seeing the smiles on the faces and, you know, whether it's overseas or here at home on bases across the united states where i quite often play for the families of our deployed service members is, you know, just knowing that i can help them is a great reward and it's fun. i get to do, you know, play music. but i get to visit with these great americans who are serving our country out there. this like you saw there this buddy of mine ended up following me around with a camera and making documentary about the troop support work that i've been doing. not only with our military families, the military families, but the first responders.
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i'm very, very close with a bunch of members of the fire department in new york and retired firefighters as well who are people who lost loved ones on 9/11 and it has been a great reward to support them, and you can see this all online at ltdanband.movie, if you go to the website between now and the end of the month, you can stream the movie live online. lt dan band.movie, and every $1 of $4 goes to the gary sinise foundation to help me do more in support of the military and the military families and the first responders. >> thank you. we will be tweeting that out as well and link to it. you received the president's citizen's medal, but we thank you also of course for what you have done. we also, gary, we loved watching you on july 4th at the pbs event on capitol hill, and the annual fireworks and we watched the way that the troops responded to
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, so which political story will be making headlines in the next 24 hours? msnbc contributor jonathan capehart is an editorial writer for the "washington post" and joining us now and i bet we will be talking about the balanced budget amendment vote? >> yes, that is supposed to come up for a vote in the house, but as the newspapers have been reporting and reported on msnbc today, while it stands a chance to pass in the house, it has very little chance of passing in the senate. >> and jonathan, at this stage, they will then move on to some form of the mcconnell/reid compromise or a couple more
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days, because it has to have the senate vote before the house take up the next stage? h. >> exactly. the senate then has to vote on cut cap and balance, and then the mcconnell/reid plan will then come up, but, you know, we have not seen the actual language of it. we know that the contours of it with the three times voting on the debt ceiling vote and the commission coming up by the end of the year of what the cuts will be, but that vote is expected to come at the end of the week. >> jonathan capehart, thank you so much. that does it for us for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." and tomorrow on the show, congressman barney frank and amy kremer. up next is tamara hall on "newsnation." >> thank you, andrea. in less than 24 hours, rupert murdoch goes before parliament to answer questions about the big hacking scandal. can murdoch save his company's brand? as other british officials are resigning. and who is going to step down or
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